Identifying Patients at High Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death: Is Low Ejection Fraction Alone Enough, or Do We Need Additional Testing?

  • S. M. Narayan
  • M. E. Cain
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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) from ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) remains a major cause of mortality in the U.S. and Western Europe, and claims 2–3 lives per 100,000 per year [1, 2]. The incidence of SCD has not declined in tandem with significant advances in the management of acute coronary syndromes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and cardiovascular disease in general, further highlighting the importance of identifying and treating patients at high risk for VT/VF.


Leave Ventricular Ejection Fraction Ventricular Tachycardia Ventricular Arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Narayan
    • 1
  • M. E. Cain
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of CardiologyUniversity of California and VAMCSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Division of CardiologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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